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Well the number of people filing for unemployment benefits has naturally gone up as the job market continues its slow recovery.
And as you might expect not all claims are legitimate.
A recent study by the Saint Louis fed finds more than three billion of your taxpayer dollars were fraudulently paid out in 2011.
So who is ripping us off and how are they getting away with it.
Kate Rogers is with foxbusiness.com.
And has been looking into -- force -- Hi thanks for having me so how are they getting away with it you said -- what three billion.
Out of what -- hundred billion dollar program.
And -- billion dollar program and what's really stunning about these numbers that 2.2 billion -- it is going to people who are actually still working.
So they're defrauding the government and it's pretty much their full time job and collecting a paycheck at same time they absolutely are and they're doing it a lot of times working.
In jobs that pay under the table like service positions constructions they're collecting that cash and then also filing for these unemployment benefit -- -- they get away with it.
They're getting away with it because the government program has become so expansive since before the recession when it was about forty million dollars a year now it's over 100 billion dollars a year.
So with more people in the system it's harder for the government to keep and -- and who is.
Really filing truthfully and who is scamming under the under the radar -- wall what does it take to get unemployment benefits I mean -- it so easy.
Well the focus -- -- I'm getting the money out the door and to the people who need it most according to -- analysts I spoke with and like I said with more bodies in the system it's just that much harder to keep track of who's really doing this truthfully and -- Scamming the system so give us is give us some examples of some of the -- sure you've seen so I spoke to private investigators that are hired by different employers looking to people and one told me is really saying story about a man in Connecticut who is collecting so much in unemployment.
And he built himself an entire -- house.
Front property a palace the investigator -- said it was that extravagant and non -- on until this guy was almost done building it.
Next he also told me he found.
Doing trash investigating so he's going to different garbage bags of once one suspects and he found a full Manila envelope of all different -- our contacts at this man was working like that different companies.
And he -- either paying them off for friends with them.
So when the government on call and say hey -- looking for work they'd say yeah he's he's looking for work he's not right fit for this position that he is looking.
And so he can still collect those benefits in this guy was on his second bout of unemployment.
This is our tax money and -- getting paid to these people.
Wow unbelievable K thank you very much thank you for having me.
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